economics took effect. this graphic is a product of trickle-down economics. it doesn't work for wage-earners at all. republicans right now, they've got nothing to offer wage earners. nothing. nothing is on the table. no job security, no health care, no jobs, package, nothing. and here is their focus. on thursday, republican lawmakers attended the american legislative exchange council's, a.l.e.c.'s annual policy summit. full disclosure, our parent company, comcast, along with many other parent corporations, are associated with a.l.e. krcht, a conservative conversation that pushes stand your ground and opposes the minimum wage increase. this summit basically was a back room event. there were no recording devices allowed. we really don't know for sure what they said. but we've got a pretty good idea. the two main speakers were these guys. failed republican vice presidential nominee, paul ryan from wisconsin. and, of course, our beloved canadian senator, now residing in texas, ted cruz.